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Why do schools need gigabit-capable Internet access?

School life is a fundamental part of growing up.

Connecting with friends, learning new things and having different experiences all count towards the development of a young child’s path to a successful adulthood.

And reliable Internet access is at the heart of all of these contributors.

Without it, children miss out on learning and potentially a sense of belonging – especially when they’re not able to stay in touch with friends and teachers.

Overall, the coronavirus pandemic has revealed the scale of the digital divide within the education sector.

An Ofcom report from 2020 estimates between 1.m and 1.8m children in the UK do not have access to a laptop, mobile or tablet at home.

Gigabit-capable full fibre Internet access is a game-changing technology for schools and communities.

It means educational institutions can receive more value for less money – meaning they are able to allocate more funds to helping those pupils in digital poverty.

With the growing popularity of online learning tools and interactive digital textbooks, gigabit Internet allows teachers to download the largest of learning resources within a matter of seconds.

Furthermore, complex tasks like migrating to the cloud as an administrative platform for file management and data storage services become seamless, ultrafast and highly responsive.

In schools with gigabit Internet, pupils now have equal opportunity to learn, have fun and create memories in this digital-age.

And schools that have invested into pure fibre gigabit Internet enjoy 20 times faster connectivity than the average UK households (FTTC).

Gigabit Internet speeds are considered the gold standard for Internet users – as they can support an unlimited number of users and devices.

Moving forwards, those educational institutions that are at the forefront of the digital transformation will be more versatile to online learning, have safer digital storage and enjoy the enablement of advanced learning concepts such as AR and VR.

To find out more on how Gigabit Networks are helping to bridge the digital divide in schools, click here to see information about our partnership with Internet4Schools.

To speak to one of our team about transforming the digital performance of your school, simply fill out the form on this page and we will get back to you shortly.

The Future of UK Business with Gigabit: £43.15bn Projected Economic Impact

What would you do with lightning fast, 1Gbps-speed internet?

Download a full-length HD movie in 12 seconds? Or get your hands on Call of Duty: Warzone in less than 5 minutes? 

This is just the tip of the iceberg for the future of internet use in the U.K – thanks to Gigabit Networks and CityFibre. 

No More Copper with Gigabit PureFibre

Current copper broadband infrastructure that is common in the UK is old, outdated and restricts you from doing the things that matter. 

Weather can easily damage or cut out your connection, fix times are slow – and we all know the curse of peak-time streaming hours.

By switching to PureFibre, these worries are a thing of the past. 

Gigabit internet presents to the UK an amazing opportunity in economic growth and business development.

Because of outdated digital infrastructure, one in five businesses in the UK are currently struggling with an unreliable internet connection.

And did you know that every employee lose on average a week of productivity every year due to slow internet speed?

Gigabit PureFibre has the ability to accelerate and future-proof any business premises – by equipping its employees with a virtually limitless capacity. 

Enabling Economic Growth

Over the next 15 years, it is predicted that Gigabit PureFibre – provided on the multi-billion pound, Goldman Sachs-backed CityFibre network – will benefit the UK with a £43.15bn total economic impact (according to research conducted by Regeneris). This ranges from benefits in the healthcare sector, to private housing and businesses and start-ups of all sizes, up and down the country. 

The breakdown of this research is as follows:

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The future is digital – and Gigabit Networks are dedicated to providing businesses in the UK with the tools they need to remain competitive, and do their jobs as easily and carefree as possible.

There are currently over half a million premises live on the CityFibre network, with a plan to expand to over 5 million premises by 2025. You can check if your business premises has Gigabit capability here.

Go Bigger on your bandwidth, productivity, accessibility and internet speeds – with PureFibre from Gigabit Networks. Read more about our products here.

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Mental Health Matters: 124% increase in searches for online therapy

Keeping happy is hard, especially in light of the current pandemic.

With a mental health crisis already taking hold of the UK, keeping connected is essential to continue caring for those suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.

The internet has provided critical treatment to so many throughout the COVID crisis, with counselling and therapy moving online to become virtual.

This step has helped many receive the right care to help them on their way to a brighter future.

With service speed being the top priority for many health care centres, PureFibre is essential for every health care setting, providing mental health assistance. This means that quick, qualitative and quantitative internet services provide the immediate care and assistance needed during this time.

Prepare now, not later

While mental health care has improved substantially in recent years, the number of people suffering from conditions has only increased exponentially.

Recent studies by the UK-based institutions Mental Health Foundation (1, 2) and Young Minds (3) indicate that the current pandemic has caused an increase in feelings of depression, anxiety, loneliness, and suicidal thoughts across all age groups.

What this means is that pandemic’s effects on mental health are only just beginning to come into fruition. With treatment and counselling moving online, you’ve got to make sure you have dedicated internet and bandwidth that can provide urgent and necessary care now.

Here to help

Our gigabit internet services deliver to some of the highest speed connections and download speeds available to public settings. This will be keeping you up to date and online all the time, and allow practitioners and doctors to provide the very best of care to everybody in the comfort of their own homes.

Last year, studies showed that there was increase in 124% to searches for online counselling – the need for more reliable, healthcare support-capable digital infrastructure in the UK has never been more pressing.

Our GigaPure Ethernet Direct delivers up to 10Gbps and is monitored on a 24 hour basic so that we keep you up and running all of the time. Not only that, but our incredibly reliable service comes with guaranteed uptime SLA and a 6-hour fix, all at a fantastic price point.

Let us help you to provide the excellent mental health people need.
Get in contact with us today for details on our dedicated packages for health care settings.

Government softens pledge for nationwide Gigabit-cable broadband by 2025

Boris Johnson’s £4bn Gigabit broadband investment has had its “highly ambitious” goal downplayed by the UK government. The strategy, pledging to have “gigabit-capable” fibre internet in every home by 2025, was treated with suspicion by the telecoms industry when announced last year.

Now, these suspicions have been justified, as the PM softened his approach, by saying “we’ll go as far as we possibly can by 2025. The UK Minister for Digital Infrastructure, Matt Warman, delivered the updated comments to the House of Commons last week, contrasting previous enthusiasm for the project.

The proposition of a nation capable of ultrafast internet is a goal many are pushing relentlessly toward. Here in the midlands, especially, where Cambridge, for example, is undergoing a pure fibre rollout, and Leicester is making steps toward becoming one of the world’s most digitally connected cities.

Much of this ambition comes from a growing set of alternative network providers, most notably with Cityfibre, who’s goal of providing 8 million premises with fast, reliable internet is aiding the government’s objectives. The plan detailed a technology-neutral approach, aiming to provide all premises with:

 Gigabit Capable Connectivity with a normally available download speed of at least 500Mbps and upload speed of 200Mbps.

 In limited circumstances, Ultrafast Capable Connectivity with a normally available download speed of at least 50Mbps and 20Mbps upload.

As a City Champion of Cityfibre, Gigabit Networks is currently doing just that, bringing pure fibre networks to Cambridge, Leicester and Nottingham. You can take advantage of the reliability, strength and speed of Gigabit broadband now, by contacting us, and choosing one of our three pure fibre plans.

Elsewhere, however, private investment achieves a reach of around 70%, and with a timescale many perceive as too short, success of the development plan might be down to how far and fast operators can work in coming years.

Gigabit Networks supports CityFibre’s vision to deliver pure-fibre connectivity to towns and cities across the Midlands

As a City Champion partner of CityFibre, Gigabit Networks is supporting the UK’s third digital infrastructure provider in its drive to open up pure fibre connectivity to businesses in towns and cities across the Midlands – including Cambridge, Leicester, Nottingham and soon Derby.

 

The significant roll out is part of a £4bn national programme to deliver a pure fibre infrastructure to over 100 towns and cities, one which is set to create 11,000 telecoms and construction jobs over three years.

 

The move comes as the UK Government seeks to deliver more reliable and superiorly faster connectivity services by replacing slower, ageing copper lines with pure fibre cables. CityFibre is at the forefront of this vision.

 

The UK’s Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “We’re working closely with firms like CityFibre and I warmly welcome their commitment to building a highly-skilled and diverse telecoms workforce which will boost growth right across the UK.”

 

To find out more about Gigabit Network’s involvement in the pure fibre rollout with CityFibre and how your business could benefit from pure fibre connectivity, contact us today.

 

You can also read more about CityFibre’s major recruitment drive at: CityFibre announces 10,000 jobs boost to roll-out pure-fibre infrastructure across the UK

Gigabit Networks and CityFibre drive Leicester’s digital transformation

  • Gigabit City network provides ultrafast speeds to Leicester businesses
  • Greater internet capability for Leicester as part of £4bn UK-wide rollout will lead to economic boost

 

Gigabit Networks is enabling Leicester businesses to thrive as the country moves out of the COVID-19 lockdown by unlocking their digital potential with Gigabit internet speeds (1000Mbps)

The local ISP has agreed to be one of a select number of CityFibre’s City Champions driving local businesses adoption of pure fibre connectivity as part of a major national roll out which has already seen it create new and completely independent fibre networks in 29 cities and towns across the UK including Cambridge, Nottingham and soon Derby.

Lots of business leaders haven’t yet realised they can now get the same high quality and ultra-fast internet speeds that larger corporations enjoy, but at significantly competitive prices. This is a game changer for Leicester, providing it with the initial building blocks to make it globally competitive as a digital city. That has a massive impact on the local economy and entrepreneurship.

The ‘Economic Impact of pure fibre infrastructure in 100 towns and cities’ report carried out by specialist economic development and regeneration consultancy Regeneris, commissioned by CityFibre, estimates the £80million investment CityFibre is making in the city could boost the local economy by up to £640 million over the coming years.

“Lockdown has demonstrated how essential a fast, reliable connectivity solution is for business continuity,” said Andrew Wilson, CityFibre’s Head of Wholesale. “During the current crisis, we are motivated to maintain progress and play our part in providing the digital infrastructure that will drive economic growth, support flexible working and deliver fast and reliable connectivity to businesses across the city.”

Currently, pure fibre connectivity is only available to 12 percent of premises across the UK. It is revered as the best in connectivity for its speed, near unlimited bandwidth and reliability. By using fibre optic cables for every stage of the connection from the customer’s premises to the Internet, users will be offered a significantly superior and more reliable Ethernet service, capable of Gigabit speeds (1,000 Mbps).

If you are a Leicester company that’s keen to find out more about how Gigabit capable connectivity could change your business, then contact Gigabit Networks at hello@gigabitnetworks.co.uk

Gigabit Networks supports CityFibre push for 11,000 new jobs in fibre internet

CityFibre is set to create 11,000 jobs over three years as expands its fibre network to reach 8m homes in the UK.

Gigabit Networks is a Partner and Midlands City Champion of CityFibre, which has built pure-fibre networks in 25 cities and towns such as Cambridge, Leicester, Nottingham and soon Derby.

The £4bn expansion means around 10,000 new engineers will be trained in fibre splicing, telephone pole climbing and road cutting.

The UK’s Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Our £5bn commitment to bring faster, gigabit-speed internet to the whole country is key to ensuring everyone is better connected, creating jobs and powering the UK’s economic recovery from coronavirus.

“We’re working closely with firms like CityFibre and I warmly welcome their commitment to building a highly-skilled and diverse telecoms workforce which will boost growth right across the UK.”

The move comes as the telecoms industry seeks to replace slower, ageing copper lines with fibre cables has picked up.

Boris Johnson, the prime minister, has pledged that all households should be able to connect to a “gigabit speed” broadband line by 2025.

CityFibre was bought by Goldman Sachs’ West Street Infrastructure Fund and Antin Infrastructure Partners in 2017.

The massive recruitment push kicks off this month and seeks to hire more female and black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) workers which the company said are under-represented in the telecoms workforce.

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